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The magic is gone History today

The magic is gone History today

Main History
Most of the intended readers of Michael Hunter's provocative and enjoyable new study will immediately recognize the allusion in its title. In 1971 - and it is hoped that someone is already thinking about ways to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of its publication - Sir Keith Thomas produced one of the most influential early modern books on 20th century cultural history. Religion and the decline of magic was a comprehensive survey and often brilliant analysis of forms and patterns of mentality that had previously received little attention from "serious" academic historians: witchcraft, belief in ghosts and fairies, demonic possessions, astrology, magical healing, omens and prophecies. Thomas's accomplishment was to convincingly explain the social functions and i...